FastCoExist features the use of pineapple waste as a sustainable alternative to leather.
PSFK highlights a Kickstarter project for sportswear made from sustainable and recycled materials. From the article:
The material “is a blend of fibers from the eucalyptus plant, used water bottles and Tencel, a sustainable fiber from wood. The water bottles are rerouted from landfills into factories which clean them and remold them into polyester yarns. About 10 water bottles goes into the production of one Pistol Lake long-sleeved shirt.”
Levi’s is making a new line of jeans from recycled fishing nets and carpets, utilising a nylon fiber made by the Italian company Aquafil.
FastCoExist features a water-saving shower that filters and re-uses waste water:
“Instead of letting water flow down the drain, the Showerloop catches the water, sends it through several filters to purify it, and then pumps it back to the showerhead. The water circulates in a loop until someone’s ready to get out.”
FastCoExist highlights the work of Japanese researchers that shows promise in helping to tackle the massive problem of plastic waste. They have identified a strain of bacetria (Ideonella sakaiensis) that can break down PET plastics.
Inhabitat reports that Energizer has launched the first rechargeable batteries made from recycled batteries, including those from hybrid cars and small electronic devices. Energizer aims to include 40% recycled material in it’s batteries by 2025, although for now it’s only around 4%. But it is a start.
BuyMeOnce is a new shopping site for a range of product categories from clothing and shoes to furniture, kitchenware and tools, that can save people money in the long-term and reduce waste and landfill.
The idea behind the site is to reduce production and waste from cheap and short-term products and instead provide long-lasting, well-made products that are also ethical, repairable and sustainable.
Inhabitat highlights a novel approach to reducing waste from music festivals, where many people discard tents after just a few days of use. A Dutch team has developed the KarTent which is able to withstand 3 days of rain – although it’s not clear if that’s 3 days of Glastonbury rain.
Inhabitat reports on research in Singapore that shows a way to recycle paper waste into an important and high demand material used for building insulation, called aerogels. Per Inhabitat:
“Aerogels are typically made from silica, metal oxides, and polymers, but a paper-based formula is a great deal more eco-friendly and cost-effective. Recycling paper into a highly sought after substance like aerogels could prove to be a useful method for reducing landfill waste, while replacing hazardous chemicals often used in aerogel manufacturing.”